First Fridays Ecstatic Dance is a once-a-month Ecstatic Dance I have been facilitating and DJing since March of 2017.
This is a barefoot, substance-free, live DJ get-down dance party at Yoga Soup in Santa Barbara, CA.
On the first Friday of the month we have a contact improv warm-up from 7-8pm, followed by ecstatic dance 8-9:30pm.
All proceeds from Friday Night Ecstatic Dance are donated to a local charity to support our community. Recently we have been using the funds to purchase food and supplies for homeless people and then distributing them around the city to those in need.
The music for the ecstatic dance loosely follows an ecstatic dance “wave” with slow and mellow music building to chaotic intensity and then returning to stillness at the end.
Our guidelines for the dance: 1. We move however we wish. 2. No drugs or alcohol are permitted. 2. We don’t speak on the dance floor. 3. We respect ourselves and the people around us.
We are creating a safe space where everyone is welcome. Come on a meditative inward movement journey, to dance and connect with other awesome people, to get some exercise, or just to throw off your shoes and get down on a Friday night!
I am currently a regular DJ at Santa Barbara Dance Tribe, First Fridays Ecstatic Dance in Santa Barbara, as well as Lucidity Festival. Check out my Mixcloud or Soundcloud page below to hear some recent ecstatic dance sets I’ve played.